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Highlights of France and Barcelona (Winter 2013/2014)

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Palais des Papes in Avignon, FranceChateau de Chenonceau in Chenonceaux, FranceNice in the French Rivieria, FranceParis, FranceHarbour by night in Monte Carlo, MonacoBarcelona, SpainPark Güell in Barcelona, Spain
Palais des Papes in Avignon, France
Chateau de Chenonceau in Chenonceaux, France
Nice in the French Rivieria, France
Paris, France
Harbour by night in Monte Carlo, Monaco
Barcelona, Spain
Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Style: Spain Portugal Morocco and France Regionals
  • Description: See Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Paris skyline from the Eiffel Tower. Visit ancient castles in the Loire Valley and explore the old city of Lyon and the Papal Palace at Avignon. See the glittering coastal towns of Cannes, Monaco and Nice and travel from France to Spain to discover eccentric sightseeing in Barcelona.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE PARIS (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Paris, the City of Light! Relax after your journey or take a leisurely stroll through ancient streets. Later, meet for a Welcome Reception with your fellow travellers and Travel Director and enjoy an evening drive to see some of the city’s impressive sights.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Evergreen Laurel

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  • Day 2

    PARIS SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Paris probably has more familiar landmarks than any other city in the world! The Champs Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde - see all these sights and more with your Local Guide. Marvel at the city’s beautiful skyline from the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Visit Les Invalides, part of the Army Museum, where you view the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Spend the rest of the day as you choose. Visit one of the city’s many internationally renowned museums, wander through the Luxembourg gardens, or take an excursion to the magnificent Louvre.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3

    PARIS – CHARTRES – LOIRE VALLEY CHÂTEAUX – TOURS

    Visit Chartres Cathedral, an important place of pilgrimage and an architectural splendour featuring original stained glass windows. Continue through the Loire Valley, past beautiful villages and castles. See the impressive Château Chambord, a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. Visit Chenonceau, straddling the River Cher. This evening, join your companions for a very special Be My Guest dinner of mouth-watering French cuisine at a 17th century traditional farmhouse.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest)

    Hotel: Alliance Tours Centre

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  • Day 4

    TOURS – BOURGES – LYON

    Journey through the heart of France! Stop in Bourges to see the Palais Jacques Coeur, the Cathedral of St. Stephen and the delightful archbishop’s gardens. Continue south through the volcanic hills around Clermont Ferrand to Lyon. A gourmet paradise built at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers, your walking tour with a Local Guide through the old city reveals a rich cultural heritage. See the narrow streets, inner courtyards and ‘traboules’ of France’s largest Renaissance city. Marvel at awe-inspiring views of Lyon from Fourvière hill. Arrive later at your hotel where you dine tonight.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel Lyon Gerland

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  • Day 5

    LYON – CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE – AVIGNON – NICE (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a village entwined with papal history since the Avignon Papacy promoted viticulture in the 14th century, advancing the reputation of Côtes du Rhône wines in the process. Sample delicious wines at a regional wine cellar. In Avignon, see the Papal Palace and famous bridge over the Rhône immortalised in the French song, ‘sur le pont d’Avignon’. Arrive later in Nice where you will be treated to an orientation tour, which includes Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Boscolo Plaza

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  • Day 6

    NICE – EXCURSION TO MONTE CARLO

    Playground of the rich and famous, Nice attracts sun seekers seeking a year-round temperate climate. Spend a free morning relaxing or take a stroll along the Promenade and shop in chic boutiques! This afternoon, enjoy an excursion through splendid scenery along the Côte d’Azur. Visit Monaco and Monte Carlo to see the beautiful casino built by Charles Garnier in the 19th century. There is plenty of free time afterwards for you to explore Monaco!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    NICE – ARLES – BARCELONA (2 NIGHTS)

    Follow the coast and then visit Arles in Provence. Continue through dramatic landscape which has provided inspiration for so many artists, including Cezanne and Van Gogh. Pass the Camargue National Park, cross the foothills of the Pyrénées to Catalonia in Spain, and continue through olive groves and verdant vineyards. Your destination is Barcelona, a dynamic, cosmopolitan city and one of the busiest ports on the Mediterranean.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Ayre Gran Via

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  • Day 8

    BARCELONA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, see Gaudi’s architecture at the inspiring Sagrada Familia. Walk the Ramblas and visit Plaça Catalunya. View the monument to Christopher Columbus and enjoy panoramic views from Montjuic during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with a Local Guide. Enjoy your Unique Insight into the delicacies of Spanish cuisine with a guided walk through the food stalls of La Boqueria Market. Enjoy free time in the city to shop or explore, or join an excursion to the monastery at Montserrat to see the mystical Black Madonna. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a special Farewell Dinner with wine.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 9

    DEPART BARCELONA

    Say farewell to your travelling companions at the end of your amazing holiday in France and Catalonia! Return airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. Enhance your whole experience by taking the optional Madrid extension featured opposite.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Speciality dinner in the atmosphere of a traditional 17th century farmhouse in Tours.
  • Local Guide in Paris, Lyon and Barcelona.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your Travel Director.
  • Wine Tasting Enjoy a delicious tasting in a wine cellar near Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy a walking tour through La Boqueria market

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ParisAscend the Eiffel Tower by elevator to the second level. Visit Les Invalides to see Napoleon’s tomb.
  • ChartresVisit the Cathedral.
  • Loire ValleySee the Château de Chambord. Visit the Château de Chenonceau.
  • BourgesSee the Palais Jacques Coeur, the cathedral and the archbishop’s gardens.
  • LyonGuided walking tour of the old city.
  • AvignonSee the Papal Palace and famous bridge.
  • NiceSee Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna.
  • MonacoVisit the Principality.
  • ArlesView the Roman amphitheatre and the Romanesque cathedral.
  • BarcelonaSee Sagrada Familia and walk the Ramblas.

Dining

  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 5 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception including light snacks and Welcome Drinks with your Travel Director in Paris.
    • 2 three-course dinners with local wine.
    • Be My Guest dinner in Tours.
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in Barcelona.
  • Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights:

    • The 20 December 2013 depature
      Celebrate Christmas in Nice where you will enjoy a delicious festive meal with all the trimmings. Experience the relaxed atmosphere of the Cote d'Azur at Christmas.
    • The 27 December 2013 depature

      Celebrate New Year's Eve in the city of Nice. Enjoy the party atmosphere after a delicious dinner at a well-known local restaurant as you toast in the New Year!

      Each of these specially arranged Festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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